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‘Monstrous’ violence in Aleppo as ‘Regime of Calm’ begins in rest of Syria

by Juan Cole: The US and the Russian Federation agreed Friday that from Saturday there would be a “regime of calm” in most of Syria. Two areas where clashes have broken out…

Iran's moderates make modest gains in run-off election - Iranian media

DUBAI (Reuters) - Moderate candidates allied to President Hassan Rouhani came out strongest in a second round of parliamentary elections in Iran, unofficial results showed on Saturday, but they appeared unlikely to win an overall majority.

Why Did Teacher Show ‘Human Centipede’ Movie To Students At Tennessee High School?

A Tennessee high school teacher is getting a lot of attention in news reports and social media, for showing students a popular horror movie. Entertainment Weekly reports that the unnamed teacher showed the movie Human Centipede 2, which has been described as a “torture porn” style of horror film. Show More Summary

Gail Zappa: Death Did Not End Her Tyranny Over Frank’s Legacy

As of this month, the Zappa Family Trust has revoked Dweezil Zappa’s legal right to perform renditions of his father’s music under the band name Zappa Plays Zappa. The ZFT promises to levy a $150,000 fine against Dweezil each time he plays any Frank Zappa composition while using the band name that he has toured... Show More Summary

New Zealand Woman Returns Library Book Overdue 67 Years: Was She Fined?

A woman in Auckland, New Zealand recently had a serious problem regarding a library book overdue 67 years. She approached the Epsom Library in the largest New Zealand secret and she quietly told the head clerk of the public library system about her overdue library book. Show More Summary

Study Reveals That Spanking Makes Kids More Defiant And Prone To Mental Illness, Risk Factors Equal Physical Child Abuse

To spank or not to spank has been a debate for decades. Both sides of the argument are extremely passionate about why they believe their side is the right one, and how the other side is wrong. It turns out, according to a new study, that spanking is wrong and could emotionally damage your children.... Show More Summary

Karrine Steffans claims she was one of Jay Z’s former ‘Beckys’

2 hours agoNews : NY Daily News

There’s at least one woman coming forward as “Becky with the good hair.”

Va. fire chief wants site taken down after firefighter's suicide

2 hours agoNews : NY Daily News

Richie Bowers said on Friday that Fairfax Underground should remove “lewd and horrible” remarks made about Nicole Mittendorff.

Siamese, If You Please: Thailand Becomes World's Number One Rice Exporter

Thailand in the first quarter of 2016 became the world leader in the export of rice.

Sanders Proven Right Again, Drops DNC Data Breach Lawsuit

Bernie Sanders and his campaign were proven truthful once again as an independent investigation into a data breach found that the DNC grossly overreacted by cutting off his access to voter data. Four months ago, a firewall failure in...Show More Summary

Darth Vader: I Am ‘Persona Non Grata’

3 hours agoNews : The Daily Beast

The new documentary Elstree 1976 examines the lives of the bit and supporting players in the first Star Wars filmwith many jockeying for cash on the convention circuit.

Ukrainian Forces Accuse Donbass Militia of Opening Fire Over 40 Times

Ukrainian forces have accused militia in the southeast of the country (Donbass) of having shelled their positions over 40 times in the past 24 hours.

ISIL Digging in Against new US Troops in Syria

By By James Miller| ( RFE/RL ) | – – On June 29, 2014, when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave a speech from the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraq, announcing the…

Ferrovial says won't run Australia offshore detention centers in future

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Spain's Ferrovial said it won't offer in future the service of running Australia's controversial offshore detention centers for refugees and asylum seekers, after buying a controlling stake in the Australian firm that operates the centers.

John Paul II Superstar: Polish writer readies biographical musical about late pope

3 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

It’s a tale of saints and singers: a new Polish musical is bringing some pizzazz to the story of its beloved native son, the late pope John Paul II. “We’re trying to create something big,” says the show’s writer Michal Kaczmarczyk. “We will tell his whole life...

San Antonio Police Find Human Fetus In Woman’s Purse During Drug Bust

San Antonio police officers found an eight-week-old human fetus in a woman’s purse while arresting her for drug possession. The woman, 32-year-old Bernadette Rivera, was confronted by police at a local park after she violated the park’s curfew hours. Show More Summary

Former Navy hero sentenced to 78 months in prison

4 hours agoNews : NY Daily News

A Navy commander who fled Cambodia's killing fields to become a decorated U.S. military officer was sentenced to 78 months in prison.

Japan, China Foreign Ministers Meet in Beijing Discussing Bilateral Ties

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in China on Saturday, discussing bilateral ties.

Black Cat Runs Onto Hockey Rink, Likely Dooming San Jose Sharks

4 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

The San Jose Sharks better hope the whole black-cat-crossing-your-path-means-bad-luck thing is nothing more than a myth. If it isn't, the Sharks won't be making it to the next round of the National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoffs. On...Show More Summary

Ted Cruz turns away delegation of own Muslim Constituents, Smears them as ‘Extremists’

Written by Bridge Initiative Team | Bridge | – – If anything is part and parcel of American democracy, it’s the idea that voters can, and should, communicate their ideas and concerns…

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